Glenn Lewis is coming back to music in a big way. The Grammy-nominated singer has returned to the spotlight with his new single "Can't Say Love," leading into the fresh album Moment of Truth next month. As he prepares for the album release, Glenn spoke with BFTV about what it's like to pick up a career where you left off, what we can expect from the record and if things have turned out the way he hoped they would.
"I've been on a little bit of a hiatus, and music is my love, and my everything," he said. "To be able to be back out here and interact wth mny fans, and touch my fans again, and give them a new body of work, and show and express and share with them where I'm at in my life right now, is really exciting for me. I love the opportunity to hit the road and interact with fans - creating the songs, performing them live, and really the connections that they create."
He's hoping that Moment of Truth shows his fans how far he's come, but also that he can still create music they can connect with. "I felt that my growth or my evolution as an artist was something that would be displayed on this album naturally," he continued. "I was really mindful of wanting to create something that was sort of relatable. Conversation pieces, getting a sense of who I am as a person, but also being able to see themselves."
While you're waiting for the October 15 release date, there's a lot more to listen to in Glenn's back catalogue. "My first single off of my first album was a track entitled 'Don't You Forget It'. That was one that's become sort of a calling card for me," he said. "I was in Maid in Manhattan. I made a cameo [and] I did a song for the soundtrack called 'Fall Again,' thanks to Ms. [Jennifer] Lopez, who expressed how much she loved [my] album. And I have another that I did, that a lot of people loved, it was entitled 'Storm.'"
No matter what happens with this new album, Glenn has a lot to be proud of. He's already accomplished many things in his career, whether it's being nominated for a Grammy in 2003 for his work with Stanley Clarke and Amel Larrieux on the track "Where Is The Love," or being recognized by his biggest inspiration, Stevie Wonder. "The legendary Stevie Wonder came to Toronto," he recalled. "In front of 15,000 people, Stevie announces me and calls me on stage!"
His career hasn't been all smiles, though, with a few ups and downs over the last sixteen years. "I'd have to say that I had hopes and aspirations, especially when I finally got my deal with Sony [Music Entertainment], but it didn't quite work out that way," he reflected. "There's a lot of changes in the music industry and a lot of unexpected twists and turns. There was a time when things started to slow down. The country's economy affected a lot of things, includng the record label that I was on. I kind of got lost in the shuffle a little bit."
"I had to sort of reset, rearrange and kind of start over again," he continued. "I was in and out of different deals. I recorded several albums that never got the chance to see the light of day. The crazy part about it is the most popular single that I have is [still] 'Don't You Forget It,' and for me to be as away for as long as I've been and still be relevant, is a real blessing."
One constant in his story is that Glenn has worked hard, whether it's to break into the music industry, to find his place within it, or now to get himself back to the forefront. Now with his new single, and the upcoming album, we hope that people take a second - or maybe even a first - listen to this talented artist who's never given up on his dream.
You can watch the video for "Can't Say Love" with this article. Glenn Lewis's new album Moment of Truth arrives on October 15, but you can pre-order it now by clicking here. You can also keep up with Glenn by following him on Twitter (@beingglennlewis) or visiting his official website (glennlewisofficial.com).